India Deport Erring NRI Husbands, Suggests HC

June 27, 2011

Deport erring NRI husbands, suggests HC

Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has called for adoption of “extraordinary action” to counter the menace of “vacation marriages” by NRIs. It has suggested the deportation of erring husbands.

The development is significant as estimates suggest the number of such broken NRI marriages is close to 15,000 in the last 20 years in Punjab.

Justice Surya Kant asserted: “The matrimonial disputes of absentee husbands, who come to India, get married and disappear soon after, cannot be resolved through ordinary recourse. Extraordinary situations demand extraordinary action.” The assertion came during the hearing of a case involving one Paramdeep Singh who had left for the UK just about four to five days after his marriage with Pawandeep Kaur in April 2010.

Justice Surya Kant also directed the Punjab Home Secretary to “send a report to the Union Ministry of External Affairs to seek the deportation of Paramdeep Singh, husband of the complainant, who is living in the UK”. “The Indian Embassy in the UK shall ensure that as soon as the request papers from the Ministry of External Affairs are received, prompt action is taken.”

The court also called for the submission of compliance report before the next date of hearing on September 9.

“As an interim measure, and as agreed to by the petitioners, it is directed that the complainant shall be paid Rs 7,500 per month as interim maintenance with effect from January 1. The interim maintenance shall be the first charge on the share of property, which is deemed to have been inherited/acquired by Paramdeep Singh in his ancestral property on the death of his father,” Justice Surya Kant added.

A case of criminal breach of trust, subjecting a married woman to cruelty and other offences, has already been registered in the matter on December 4 last at a Phagwara police station.

Already, Punjab has made clear its intention of implementing suggestions such as registration of all marriages, and verification of antecedents of the NRI grooms. The recommendations are part of a report by the “Parliamentary Committee on Women Empowerment”.

The Punjab Government has also set up a high-powered cell headed by an Inspector-General of Police to provide aid to brides deserted by their NRI husbands after marriage.

source: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110628/punjab.htm#15
 
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